Extracurricular Programs “Making Reusable Shopping Bags Using furoshiki” and “Try Playing Sankyoku” Held as Part of the “Let’s Learn Japanese Culture” Project

March 2, 2015

Making Reusable Shopping Bags Using furoshiki

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, an extracurricular education program organized by the Hosei University Student Center “Making reusable shopping bags using furoshiki (wrapping cloth)” was held at Ichigaya Campus. We invited Mr. Yoshiaki Koyama and Ms. Satoko Daikuhara from the Japan furoshiki Association as lecturers.

This program was a part of the “Let’s Learn Japanese Culture” Project aimed at rediscovering and appreciating Japanese culture following the selection of Hosei University as a member of the Top Global University Project.

We received 20 applications including some from foreign students. The participants were given a lecture on the history of furoshiki and its various uses. Through this program, they discovered that even today, furoshiki is convenient for wrapping and carrying things around.

[Report from a participating student]
“I had known that furoshiki was part of Japanese culture, and this program gave me my very first opportunity to try it. I discovered that furoshiki is very useful. With furoshiki, you can wrap things of various sizes and shapes neatly and carry it in a stable manner. Also, you can make a bag, a hat or a rucksack, just by making several knots.
What was more impressive about furoshiki was the fact that it is reusable for various purposes depending on the situation.
The lecturers also taught us the history of furoshiki, its size and the materials. I’m happy to be able to feel the atmosphere of the days when furoshiki was a daily necessity, by looking at old pictures shown in the presentation. From today, I will bring one shopping to make a reusable furoshiki bag on my own.”

[Report from a foreign student] BAGRYANOVA Bilyana (Junior at the Department of Intercultural Communication, Faculty of Intercultural Communication)

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Try Playing Sankyoku (Three Types of Traditional Musical Instruments)

On Monday, December 1, 2014, an extracurricular education program organized by the Hosei University Student Center “Try Playing Sankyoku (Three Types of Traditional Musical Instruments)” took place at Ichigaya Campus. With the Hosei University Sankyoku Club serving as facilitator, the participants learned the history and details of Sankyoku (koto (Japanese zither), samisen, and shakuhachi (bamboo flute)), listened to a live performance by the Sankyoku Club and tried playing the instruments.

This program was organized with the aim of promoting peer support by students’ circles. It was held as part of the “Let’s Learn Japanese Culture” Project aimed at rediscovering and appreciating Japanese culture following the selection of Hosei University as a member of the Top Global University Project.

We received positive responses from the participants. “I really enjoyed playing the instruments. The live performance was fantastic. I would love to join this kind of event again in the future if I have another chance.” “It was a very fruitful experience. I had a keen interest in Japanese culture but could find few opportunities to learn and play Japanese traditional musical instruments. At this event, I was given an opportunity to try the instruments with attentive and kind instructions. I’m very satisfied.” Through this program, the participants gained an understanding of Japanese culture by joining the activities of a students’ circle.

In this program, many foreign students strengthened exchanges with Sankyokukai Club members through learning and playing the instruments. Comments from foreign students included: “It was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed playing the koto the most and really liked the koto sound. I found that I could somehow play an easy piece of music after practicing for a little while. I thank the students who taught me how to play it and also the organizers. It was a really fruitful experience.” “This was an extremely interesting and enjoyable event. Above all, I enjoyed being in a traditional Japanese-style room. I didn’t know there was a homely and comfortable room like this in this university. The samisen was my favorite. I wish I could learn more, though my legs went numb while sitting straight. I really enjoyed watching beautiful musical instruments up close. I would like to try it again if given the opportunity.” As these comments suggest, they were satisfied with this program.

Hosei University Student Center is seeking applications from registered organizations that wish to cooperate in organizing extracurricular education programs.

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